SP  YIDFF 1 / FRI. 12 SEP, 19.30 / KINEFORUM

"Sound Hunting / Oto o karu", Murakami Kenji (Japan)

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18+

Country of production Japan
Language Japanese
Subtitle No Subtitle (live narrated by Makiko Wakai in English)
36 min, Color, 2013

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Produksi dan penjualan stock filem suara Fujichrome RT200 berakhir pada 1999. Produk tersebut memiliki potongan magnetik di kedua sisinya, memungkinan dilakukannya perekaman audial secara bersamaan dari microphone yang disambung pada kamera, sebagai teknologi analog utama. Hanya berbekal itu, si sutradara mulai membuat filem. Pengolahan terhadap RT200 usang tersebut memunculkan suara-suara dan visual-visual unik, menciptakan citra persuasif tapi penuh keputusasaan. (Sinopsis dari Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2013)

Pernyataan sutradara: 

“Saya tak bermaksud menyoroti dikotomi antara analog dan digital. Sebaliknya, filem ini merupakan dokumenter yang mengedepankan keragaman budaya visual. Bukan hanya stok filem yang usang dan kadaluarsa, tetapi semuanya peralatannya juga. Pembuatan dan pengembangan filem terjadi dalam pertempuran yang khaotis, segala hal tak terduga dan tak terprediksi. Bahwa dalam dan darinyalah terdapat pengalaman berharga, emosi-emosi yang saya rasakan selama proses produksi itu telah hidup dalam emulsi ini.”

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Production and sale of Fujichrome RT200 sound film stock ended in 1999. The product had a magnetic strip on both sides, allowing audio to be simultaneously recorded from a microphone connected to the camera. It was the ultimate analog technology. Using only this stock, the director begins to shoot a film. As he develops his long outdated and expired RT200, unique visuals and sounds begin to emerge, creating images that are persuasive, yet full of despair. (Synopsis was provided by Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2013)

Director’s statement:

“It was not my intention to highlight the dichotomy between analog and digital. Rather, this film is an action documentary that upholds the diversity of visual culture. It was not only the film stock that was past due and expired, but all of the equipment as well. Filming and development took place in a chaotic battle where everything was unexpected and unpredictable. That in and of itself was a valuable experience, and the emotions I felt during that time are burned into this emulsion.”

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